Friday 26 December 2014

Fears for Irish surfer (19) after he goes missing off the coast of Australia

Anita McSorley

Published 20/07/2014 | 11:17

The 19-year-old was one of three friends who got caught in a rip off Cape Byron in New South Wales at 10.30am yesterday morning

Searches are continuing for an Irish surfer today who went missing off the coast of Australia on Saturday morning.

The 19-year-old was one of three friends who got caught in a rip off Cape Byron in New South Wales at 10.30am yesterday morning.

Two other men, aged 20 and 26, were rescued a short distance away and suffered minor injuries.

Emergency services are yet to find any trace of the other man.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it has been in contact with the man's family.

The search has resumed for the young man.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast Duty Officer Jimmy Keogh told Australian newspaper, The Northern Star, about the search.

"Lifesavers from Byron Bay surf club, who were on a jet ski, located the first male coming ashore at Wategoes."

"A second man was located along the cliff face around Cape Byron,clinging to rocks by rescuers," he said.

Surf Life Saving members and Marine Rescue crews are leading the search, but efforts have been hampered by windy conditions and dangerous sea conditions.

A warning about dangerous surf conditions along the entire New South Wales coast was issued on Saturday by the Roads and Maritime Service.

"Dangerous conditions are expected to ease in northern NSW later on Sunday but remain for the southern part of the state," they said in a statement.

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